On our first day in Jerusalem we started at the Jaffa gate, walking around some of the perimeter streets of the Armenian Quarter.
We progressed through through the Jewish Quarter and toward the Western Wall.
After turning a corner and passing through metal detectors we were very suddenly looking at the famous remnant of the former Jewish temple.
While in the Jewish Quarter we came upon several boisterous bar mitzvah celebrations parading toward the Western Wall, complete with drums and other instruments.
After a lunch of schwarma we stopped into the Wohl Museum of Archeology to see part of the Herod-era ruins that are under the current city.
After making our way back to the Jaffa gate we managed to find two cabs that would take us to the Israel Museum, home to many of the Dead Sea scrolls, other antiquities, and artwork. This is really a museum campus with several buildings all for a single admission– the breadth and depth they have on display is stunning.
50:1 scale model of the Second Temple and City in ~66 CE (fullsize)
You can easily spend several afternoons here and it was well-worth the admission price. We ended the afternoon with tea in the home of my parent’s friend.
Day 1 was reasonably easy on the feet; day 2 would prove to be much more strenuous and equally memorable.